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"Blinds" are shorthand for “blind bets,” these are the compulsory bets which must be made by two players in a poker hand before any cards are dealt. In Texas hold'em, blinds replace the “ante.”
The Button is the name for the player in the seat before the small and big-blinds, who acts as the dealer in the current hand. The button moves around the table clockwise after each hand of poker. More poker terms are explained in our poker glossary.
A lot of online poker rooms offer "freerolls" which are free-to-enter poker tournaments with real prizes.. They generally pay out 10-15% of the field in cash, tournament tickets and other goodies. The Poker.com freeroll tracker page lists upcoming freerolls from the top poker rooms worldwide, updated every 5 minutes. If you live in the USA, Australia or New-Zealand, check out the $10,000 in monthly freerolls running at Ignition Poker.
Yes- poker sites have been quick to embrace BTC for deposits and withdrawals because it cuts down on bank/transaction fees for their customers, as well as offering privacy benefits. In fact some sites (such as Ignition Poker) ONLY accept cryptocurrency. Getting started is as simple as registering on a crypto exchange, buying Bitcoin and transferring it to your poker site wallet. Read our BTC Poker Guide
Rakeback is a refund to players of a significant portion of the money taken by poker rooms in 'rake' from cash-pots on cash-games and from tournament fees in Multi-Table Tournaments (MTTs) and Sit and Go tournaments (SNGs). Rakeback deals vary, depending mostly on the stakes played, and volume (of hands/tournaments) a player puts in over a week/month. More rake taken by poker room generally equates to more rakeback for a player who has a good rakeback deal. See our Poker Rakeback Offers page for more details.
Video poker is a simple affair - with the player battling against the computer in a draw poker game. Some of the top poker rooms we recommend have casino games on offer - including video poker (and a number of variants to keep things interesting, including deuces wild, jacks wild). See our Video Poker page to see what's hot in video poker.
That is a tricky question to answer. Cash game winnings online and live are difficult to track, as is profitability. Tournament wins on the other hand are well documented, and we have compiled a "global money list", ranking players based on their tracked tournament winnings. Currently in 2020, the player with the most recorded live tournament cashes is Bryn Kenney with over $56,000,000 in tracked tournament cashes. View the top 100 global poker players by tournament earnings.
Poker legislation in the United States differs from state to state. Poker is legal to play in many states, and there is talk of regulation in many more. Our USA poker guide dives in to the ins and outs of playing poker in the USA on a state by state level. USA Poker Guide
Yes- you can analyse your own plays and those of your opponents using equity calculators, tracking software and poker solvers. We have reviewed a number of essential pro poker tools on our poker tools and apps page.